Townsend's layup with 45.8 seconds left in overtime gave Denver a 98-96 lead and they never trailed again. Townsend scored 24 with 11 rebounds and nine assists.
Deondre Burns made pair of foul shots with three seconds to go in regulation for a 90-87 lead. Max Abrams fouled Townsend shooting a 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left and he sank three from the foul line forcing overtime.
Kevin Obanor's layup with 5:11 left gave the Golden Eagles a 76-66 lead before Denver (6-22, 2-12 Summit League) went on a 13-2 run and for a 79-78 lead in just a little more than three-minute span.
Robert Jones made all seven of his shot attempts and scored 16 for Denver.
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